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Hall's Telephones Band

Halls Telephones Band, Dowlais, during World War 2.

Reg Warren (piano), any other names would be appreciated.

(Photograph courtesy of Steve Brewer)


Ragtime Aces

The Ragtime Aces at the Y.W.C.A. Garthnewydd House, Bethesda Street, 1947.

(Photograph courtesy of Geraint 'Taff' Jones)


St. Louis Band

St. Louis Band at the Kirkhouse, Georgetown. 1950s

(Photograph courtesy of Steve Brewer)


Bill Evans And His Band

Bill Evans and his band in the 1960s


Bent Penny


Brian Byfield & Dewi Peters




Brian Byfield Sends us this photograph:

L-R: Dewi Peters, Brian Byfield, Vernon Smith, Ray Sullivan and Peter Jones.

(Photograph Courtesy of Brian Byfield)


Dewi Peter's Skiffle Group outside Kayser Bondor, Pentrebach C.1957.

Back Row L-R :- Ron Jones, Dave Francis, Dewi Peters, Ray Sullivan

Front Row L-R:- Brian Byfield, Ray Sullivan.

(Photograph courtesy of Clive Morgan)


Soft Touch


L to R:- Richard (Dick) Power, John Price (Alias Geriatric), Bobby Hyde and Alan Crompton


Ron Griffith's Dance Band


Ron Griffiths' Dance Band - 1950s

(Photograph Courtesy of Billy Phillips)


The Merthyr Gang Show


L-R:   Alan Watkins, Selwyn Jenkins, Austin McCarthy, Bryn Jones, John Davies and Ken Farr

(Photograph Courtesy of Brian Byfield)


The Bystanders

The Bystanders - 1965


The Bystanders

(From the Merthyr Express, 20th July 1963)


The Bystanders

L-R: Mike Jones (Guitar), Jeff Jones (Drums), Vic Oakley (Lead Singer),

Clive John (Standing - Organ Player), Ray Williams (Bass)

(Photograph Courtesy of Steve Graham)


The Dynatones


The Dynatones at the Castle Cinema

(Merthyr Express 31st December 1960 with Cyril smith and Vines Perry)


The Austin McCarthy Trio


(Courtesy of Janet Thomas)

(Austin McCarthy piano, Cyril Hughes double bass, Bernard Thomas drummer, and vocalist called Hilary??? )


The Spirals


The Spirals

(From the Merthyr Express 4th February 1966)


Little Walter & the Four Squares



L-R:  Little Walter, Cliff Cross, Jeff (Jaffa) Jones, Clive Carter, Micky Jones.

(Photograph courtesy of Walter Williams)


The Westerners


(Courtesy of Janet Thomas)

(Billy Edwards, Peter Jones, Ron Jones and Steve Thomas. )




Deva Ju Promotional Poster in the 1980's

(Photograph courtesy of Andrew Owen)


Deja Vu Playing at the Brandy Bridge Night Club

(Photograph courtesy of Andrew Owen)




Stiff Sheets

2nd September 1993


Trouble No More

Trouble No More - September 1993


Celtic Pride

Celtic Pride - at the Lantern


Cheating Harts



The Cheating Harts.

(Photograph Courtesy of Ray Crompton)



A Country Music Band which played at the Antelope Hotel, Caeharris



Band Members L-R:      Darren Williams (Drums), Steve Jones (Bass), Dave Davies (Guitar & Vocals), Robert Davies (Guitar & Vocals) and Allan Jones (Lead Guitar)

(Photograph Courtesy of Allan Jones)


The Syndicate


'The Syndicate' at the Aberfan Hotel.

(Photograph courtesy of Lance Nicholson)

Lance's last group was called The Raiders


The Pathfinders


The Pathfinders - Cyfarthfa School Reunion - 1949

(Photograph Courtesy of Emrys and Neil Jones)


The Pathfinders - Triang Factory Dance

(Photograph Courtesy of Emrys and Neil Jones)


Merthyr Tydfil Recorded Music Society (MTRMS)


Donation of a New Hi-fi Amplifier - 1977/78

L-R: John Evans, Manager of David Simmonds Ltd, High Street, Herbert Fraser and George Hanney.

(Photograph Courtesy of Robert Fraser)


Merthyr Tydfil Recorded Music Society Meeting - 1977/78

L - R: George Hanney, Kenneth Loveland (Music critic of South Wales Argus), Herbert Fraser, Jack Evans, Ivor Kelly, John Wright Snr (From Pant), Erna Fraser.

(Photograph Courtesy of Robert Fraser)


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